Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 35 Hot or Cold
Our Gameweek 35 Hot or Cold article is here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players. The 'Hot' or 'Cold' status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Draft Premier League players and help you bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Fantrax Draft League!
These Hot or Cold ratings are based on the data contained within the Weekly Rest-of-Season Rankings produced by The FF Chaps. The Draft Society's exclusive weekly refresh of Fantasy EPL prospect rankings!
Gameweek 35 Hot List
These are Fantasy EPL players that have risen in our Weekly ROS Rankings! Keep an eye on these Draft Premier League players, and bring them into your Fantrax squad if you can.
Team: Aston Villa
GW34 Rank: 35
GW35 Rank: 27
What's Changed?: I know, I know. Ollie Watkins hasn't done too much to warrant a rise into my Top 30, but he has been producing better points scores in recent weeks. During the Englishman's three outings during April he bagged 33 points, with only one attacking return during that period. Watkins has been scoring ok for ghost points, he's pretty much guaranteed to start every Villa game rest-of-season, the Midlands outfit are ranked very highly in our Fixture Difficulty Tracker due to their two upcoming double gamweeks, and, perhaps most importantly, he's a pretty good footballer. If you're heading into playoffs or battling it out for a championship win, backing Watkins is advisable for me. I'd rather roster him than players such as Ronaldo, Fernandes, Grealish or Antonio going into the final stretch. Jamie Vardy is another forward to look out for here. Try and trade in the veteran Englishman after his return from injury. Like Watkins, he has lots of fixtures left to play.
Team: Leicester City
GW34 Rank: N/A
GW35 Rank: 98
What's Changed?: I'm continuing the trend of following the data contained within our unique Fixture Difficulty Tracker by highlighting James Justin. The Leicester full-back has seen his game time increase in recent weeks after returning from serious injury back in January. Justin has started 5 of the last 6 games, and his points scores are getting better. The question mark hanging over the Englishman is Rodgers' rotation plans, and the implications of any further progression in the Europa Conference league. In any case, I'd happily take a punt on Justin ahead of the run-in as Leicester have six fixtures during a period when some only have two. Tyrone Mings has risen up to 89th overall in my ranks, and is another really good shout for an end of season defender to back.
Team: Crystal Palace
GW34 Rank: N/A
GW35 Rank: 106
What's Changed?: It's been a frustrating season for Eberechi Eze as he's attempted to get back to full fitness after his serious achilles injury at the end of last season. The Palace midfielder started in Gameweek 34 against Leeds, scoring a more than respectable 9 points without an attacking return. He also started the all-important FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago. The signs are there for Eze to be given more chances as the season draws to a close, and he could be a decent punt ahead of a Double Gameweek 36 for the Eagles.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 35 risers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
Gameweek 35 Cold List
These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our Weekly ROS Rankings. This may be due to poor form, they have been dropped from the best 11, they have suffered an injury, or received a suspension. It's time to consider trading out these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!
Team: Manchester United
GW34 Rank: 14
GW35 Rank: 34
What's Changed?: It hasn't been a bad Fantrax season for Bruno Fernandes (he's the 8th highest scoring player!), despite recency bias trying to tell us otherwise. But there's no denying Manchester United are near to rock bottom right now, and Bruno is unlikely to win you many games between now and the end of the season. Between GW35 and GW38 the Red Devils only actually have three games as they blank in GW37. This comes at a time when Leicester and Aston Villa have six games, and the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have five. Bruno may score well against Brentford and Brighton in GW35 and GW36, but it is by no means guaranteed based on recent events. Team mate Jadon Sancho has also dropped down to 81st overall; I'd probably rather roster a weekly streamer than the Englishman now.
Recommendation: I would attempt to trade Bruno out for a good asset from a team who has five or six remaining games. Players such as Coutinho, Watkins, Tielemans, Barnes, or Gordon are potentially achievable in a trade. Or maybe someone like McNeil if you believe in Burnley. If you can't get back a player around that level, I'd probably keep him.
GW34 Rank: 65
GW35 Rank: 100
What's Changed?: I've been a big fan of Armando Broja this season, and he's been an admirable FWD3 on Fantrax for the last few months. But I don't see the Armenian playing a big role in the Saints' remaining games as his loan deal comes to a close. Southampton also have little to play for, they don't have double gameweeks, and they are 18th in our Fixture Difficulty Tracker for Forwards.
Recommendation: Broja has been a decent player this season, but with his playing time potentially limited ahead of his return to Chelsea, coupled with a tough end of season fixture list, I think it's time to drop Broja in favour of weekly streamers with good fixtures.
Team: Newcastle United
GW34 Rank: 33
GW35 Rank: 54
What's Changed?: Matt Targett has been excellent for Newcastle since arriving in January, and I featured him as 'hot' just a couple of weeks ago. The Aston Villa loanee has averaged just under 10 points per game since his move! But Newcastle are bottom of our Fixture Difficulty Tracker for Defenders as we head into the run-in. The Magpies face Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal in the next three, and don't have any double gameweeks. Targett does have a tasty fixture against Burnley in GW38 though. Despite the great points scoring the left-back has shown, I'm not sure if any Fantrax manager will be able to confidently start him in the next two, maybe three, games. Same goes for Dan Burn, who has moved down to 82nd overall.
Recommendation: Targett is still ranked 54th overall for me, as he is a great Fantrax defender to roster. Personally I would keep him in your back pocket ready for a potential start in GW37, and a certain start in GW38. He could be the one to win you your playoff final!
For the full list of all the Gameweek 35 fallers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
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